Felix Mendelssohn, MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 / Capriccio Brillant / Rondo Brillant

James Jolly

By James Jolly

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Rarely encountered Mendelssohn concertos prove their worth.

Mendelssohn's piano concertos are not that often encountered in the concert hall — certainly when compared with the ubiquitous Violin Concerto. But they are delightful works. Melody, rhythm and harmony mesh wonderfully to put a smile on the face from the first notes for their sheer sense of joy. Mendelssohn had a real gift of easy melody and his music has a lightness of touch that never fails to charm. The pianist skips over the surface of these pieces as if on wings — and Benjamin Frith is a most delightful soloist on this recording. Mendelssohn had shown us joy with his music for A Midsummer Night's Dream and it's as if some of that work's magic has flowed into these pieces.